Search settings Notification


This may take longer to explain than I prefer to. Please bear with me.

I always use Google search provider since " day one ".
Lately I had this situation where the search provider was switched Without my doing. I think it was Bing. But there were Yahoo, and I think Ask. Each time I would switch it back to Google.
Until one day I got " pissed off " and I went to Manage Add-ons and remove all Search providers under the list except Google. See screenshot :


However, since then, I am facing this popup when I go to internet....


Then, when I click to see what's the deal, I see this .....

I can't find out which search engine is trying to get in, and I am stuck with this popup. It does not interfer me from normal computer chores, just annoying.
Hoping I can get rid of this.

My Computer

System One

  • Other Info
    WLM 2011
    IE9 beta


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Gold Member
What security software have you got running?

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    LENOVO 64734VM
    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
    1 x 120GB Hitachi 5400rmp
    1 x 650GB Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    1x 1Tb Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    Internet Speed
    Medium for New Zealand
    Other Info
    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed


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Try changing Search Settings to "Allow programs to change my settings" (temporarily) and then make the changes to the search settings that you want (and this time I think they'll be accepted). Reboot. Then return and reset IE to "Notify before making changes to my setup" and I think the problem will be resolved and the error message will be gone.

I hope this helps.

Good luck!
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My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inc. MP061 Inspiron E1705
    2.00 gigahertz Intel Core 2 Duo 64 kilobyte primary memory
    Board: Dell Inc. 0YD479 Bus Clock: 166 megahertz
    2046 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM) [Di
    Sound Card
    SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (17.2"vis)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200 pixels
    Hard Drives
    Hitachi HTS541616J9SA00 [Hard drive] (160.04 GB) -- drive 0, s/n SB2411SJGLLRMB, rev SB4OC74P, SMART Status: Healthy
    Chassis Serial Number: 5YK95C1
    Logitech HID-compliant Cordless Mouse
    Standard PS/2 Keyboard
    Internet Speed
    1958 Kbps download ; 754.8 Kbps upload
    Other Info
    Optiarc DVD+-RW AD-5540A ATA Device [CD-ROM drive]

    Dell AIO Printer A940

    Conexant HDA D110 MDC V.92 Modem

    6TO4 Adapter
    Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller
    Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter
    Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
    Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface

    Router Linksys / WRT54G -01